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‘Versatile’ Haikal Ready For Two Turns In Wood Memorial

Shadwell Stable homebred Haikal remains on target for the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets on Saturday, April 6 and is expected to return to the work tab soon, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Friday morning. Haikal won his third consecutive start and earned a personal-best 95 Beyer Speed Figure when he posted […]

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Tacitus, Haikal Make First Appearances In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

The changing landscape in the sophomore ranks continues to be reflected in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll as two newcomers enter the top 10 this week. Regally-bred Tacitus, the first foal out of champion Close Hatches, lived up to his elite bloodlines when he set a stakes-record while winning the Grade […]

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Gotham 1-2 Finshers Haikal, Mind Control Headed For Wood Memorial

Speaking from his winter base at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida, conditioner Kiaran McLaughlin reported Shadwell Stable’s newly minted graded stakes winner Haikal exited his Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham victory on Saturday in good order. “He looks great,” said McLaughlin. “He appears to have come out of the race well and I have […]

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Haikal Comes From The Clouds For Gotham Triumph

Shadwell Stable homebred Haikal came from well off the pace to win Saturday’s Grade 3 Gotham Stakes, earning 50 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby as trainer Kiaran McLaughlin saddled his second consecutive winner of the Aqueduct prep race. A 3-year-old son of Daaher, the 4-1 Haikal and jockey Rajiv Maragh came flying […]

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McLaughlin Has Two Kentucky Oaks Hopefuls Ready For Saturday’s Busher

A pair of talented contenders for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will look to earn points towards qualifying for the Kentucky Oaks in Saturday’s Busher Invitational. Offering 50-20-10-5 qualifying points for the “Lilies for the Fillies” on May 3 at Churchill Downs, the 40th running of the Busher is one of four stakes on a packed card that […]

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A Thread Of Blue Turns Back Casa Creed In Palm Beach

Leonard C. Green’s Dania Beach winner A Thread of Blue gamely held off Kitten’s Joy winner Casa Creed down the stretch to win the $150,000 Palm Beach (G3) Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The Palm Beach was one of nine graded-stakes contested on Gulfstream’s program highlighted by the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2). A 3-year-old […]

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McLaughlin Hopes A Thread Of Blue Will Join Star-Studded History Of Grade 3 Palm Beach

Over the past 33 years, Gulfstream Park’s $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3) has been a launching pad for many of racing’s future graded-stakes stars – from Kitten’s Joy to Divisidero to Prince Arch to Go Between to Paddy O’Prado to Maraud to… Well, you get the idea. It appears Saturday’s Palm Beach will once again […]

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McLaughlin: True Timber ‘The Right Kind’ For Godolphin Mile

Last week it was confirmed that Calumet Farm’s D. Wayne Lukas-conditioned Bravazo will be lining up in the $12 million Dubai World Cup and this week, banner-mate True Timber, trained by former Lukas assistant Kiaran McLaughlin, was confirmed for the $1.5 million Godolphin Mile (G1). Like Bravazo, True Timber is Grade 1-placed, has tackled some […]

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Jimmy Winkfield: Haikal Scores Black Type In Stakes Debut

Making his stakes debut in only his third career start, Shadwell Stable’s Haikal, under a confident ride from jockey Rajiv Maragh, found an opening along the rail in the final furlong, overtaking rivals Joevia and Tikhvin Flew to win the 35th running of the $150,000 Jimmy Winkfield on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Sent off as […]

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Turf Veteran Heart To Heart Faces Qurbaan, Inspector Lynley In Tampa Bay Stakes

Isolating a standout in Saturday’s 33rd running of the Grade 3, $175,000 Tampa Bay Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs is difficult, but the career accomplishments of 8-year-old horse Heart to Heart could land him the favorite’s role by post time. His 15 career victories include Grade 1 scores last year in the Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes at […]

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